11-year-old Laurent Simons has become the second-youngest university graduate in history after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Antwerp.
The gifted Belgian child, who graduated from high school at the age of eight and has an IQ of 145, completed the three-year course in just one year and topped his class with a passing grade of 85 percent.
He had originally planned to graduate from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands at the age of nine in 2019, which would have made him the youngest graduate, but he left the course before graduating after university authorities said he could not get his exam before his 10th birthday when he had not taken adequate exam.
Thus, he possibly lost his chance to become the world’s youngest degree winner, but at least he achieved the record for being the youngest college dropout.
The current record for the youngest graduate is held by American prodigy Michael Kearney, who enrolled at the University of South Alabama at the age of eight and came with a degree in anthropology in 1994 at the age of 10 years and four months.
Kearney continued to teach at Vanderbilt University while pursuing his second master’s degree, all before he could legally drive, and later used his vast memory and intelligence to win over $ 1 million. On a video game show.
Simons has more serious plans for his future.
“This is the first puzzle in my goal to replace body parts with mechanical parts,” he told the Dutch newspaper The Telegraph, apparently without any idea of the terror, such talk can occur when it comes from a child’s mouth. He continued:
Is it just getting colder in here?
In addition to exercising his magnificent intellect by studying quantum physics, thinking about immortality, planning to become a kind of Doctor Octopus cyborg creature and generally coming across the kind of scary prospects that could do with an enchantment in X-Men, Simons is also said to to enjoy playing Fortnite. Because he’s 11, and so must 11-year-olds.
While studying for his bachelor’s degree, he also worked on a master’s degree at the same time. He had hoped to complete his master’s degree at an Israeli university studying a combination of biotechnology, medicine and bioprocess engineering, but the COVID pandemic opposed his plans.
He is now looking forward to a specially tailored master’s degree at the University of Antwerp in collaboration with other colleges in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. According to the German newspaper The world, this is so he can learn to create artificial organs. His grandparents, who primarily raised him, have heart problems, and he reportedly wants to help them.
We on The register do not know if all this should give us fear, but it certainly comes a little like that. Maybe Simon can alleviate our worries by explaining what he himself wants to do?
“Two things are important in such a study: acquire knowledge and apply that knowledge,” he said The Telegraph. “To achieve the second, I want to work with the best professors in the world, look inside their brains and find out how they think.”
He will look into their brains. It did not help, Laurent. It did not help at all.
Michael Kearney is now reportedly an impromptu comedian, so there is hope for all of us yet. ®